The papers of Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), public official, author, decorated veteran of the Spanish-American War, governor of New York, and president of the United States (1901-1909), consist of approximately 276,000 documents (roughly 461,000 images), most of which were digitized from 485 reels of previously reproduced microfilm. Held in the Library of Congress Manuscript Division, these papers constitute the largest collection of original Roosevelt documents in the world. The collection contains personal, family, and official correspondence, diaries, book drafts, articles, speeches, and scrapbooks, dating from 1759 to 1993 with the bulk of material from the period between 1878 and 1919.
Roosevelt's papers thoroughly document his career of public service, especially his presidential administration from 1901 to 1909. The materials address the major issues that confronted his presidency, including regulation of corporations, conservation of natural resources, mediation during the Russo-Japanese War, and the construction of the Panama Canal. The papers provide documentation on his service as vice president of the United States, governor of New York, New York City police commissioner, and U.S. Civil Service Commissioner. His experience fighting as a cavalry officer in the Spanish-American War is also documented in this collection. The papers cover Roosevelt's post-presidential pursuits, including the founding of the Progressive Party and his run for the presidency in 1912. The collection also contains substantial material concerning his personal and family life.
The Index to the Theodore Roosevelt Papers, created by the Manuscript Division in 1969 after the bulk of the collection was microfilmed, provides a full list of the correspondents and notes the series number and dates of the items indexed. It spans three volumes, each of which is available in searchable PDF and HTML versions: Volume 1: A-G (PDF and HTML), Volume 2: H-Q (PDF and HTML), and Volume 3: R-Z (PDF and HTML). The information in these volumes is helpful in finding individual letters or documents in the online version. Materials from the Additions series (Series 16) of the collection, which came to the Library from 1964 to 2002, are not listed in the index.